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    Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    So I got myself this ww2 era military watch and it has fixed lugs. I wanted to know if its possible to "break" the lugs and replace them with normal removable lugs, so I can use 2 piece nato strap on it instead of a normal nato strap which I don't like.
    Can it be done if I use the right tools or is it too risky? or is it too dangerous and should only be performed by an expert (I cant take it to an expert because I'm short on money at the moment so It's not really an option)

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    Re: Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    Please don't do that. It's your watch, but I hope you choose to leave the watch in its correct state. It has survived for a long time.
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    Re: Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    CISCO...Hello!

    I reckon Dan S. makes a very good point, and I rather agree with him...consider leaving it as it is.

    I have several old watches that I've thought of 'changing', but I resist the urge: put them away for a while / focus on another watch / go back to the piece I considered 'changing ' / discovered myself happy that I did not alter it.

    Then again: you're the Keeper here, and it's your decision...proceed thoughtfully!

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    Re: Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    Thank you and I appreciate your responds. Can you help me decide on a strap? or perhaps recommend me one? I've been looking online but couldn't find anything to my liking yet. I am not a fan of nato straps (the kind that wraps your wrist and then you have a lot of strap spare) but I am looking for a military style strap. I like 2 piece canvas straps but maybe there's a strap that is a combination of the two?

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    What about a simple one-piece canvas strap without the extra NATO flap.

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    Re: Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    The original strap would have been a canvas pull through strap. It is similar to this type

    https://www.esslinger.com/striped-18...YaAtrIEALw_wcB

    Just a simple rugged comfortable fitting strap. Even up until the 1980's some of the watches the US military issued came on these type of straps

    There is also the open lug type leather strap which attaches with a bendable tab.

    It would be a shame to alter this watch

    Plus the watch looks to be plated so depending upon your sweat ph, the case could start getting corroded/eaten away with your sweat. It is better to have something between your wrist and the watch case.

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    Re: Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan S View Post
    What about a simple one-piece canvas strap without the extra NATO flap.

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    Wow! this strap is beautiful and exactly my type. I looked it up online but it seems that this strap fits only for 20mm lugs. my watch lugs are between 16-18mm. If you can help me find another strap with the same style i'll be very grateful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClSCO View Post
    Wow! this strap is beautiful and exactly my type. I looked it up online but it seems that this strap fits only for 20mm lugs. my watch lugs are between 16-18mm. If you can help me find another strap with the same style i'll be very grateful.
    Here is one: https://www.mwc-usa.com/products/ret...in-desert-sand

    Search for canvas one-piece straps, etc. These are popular for military watches, and most of them take 16-18mm straps, so I'm sure they're out there. You can also buy a canvas NATO strap and just cut off the extra flap.
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    Re: Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    You can also get a Perlon like this.
    https://www.crownandbuckle.com/grey-braided-perlon.html
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    Re: Fixed Lugs Watch Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Dan S View Post
    Here is one: https://www.mwc-usa.com/products/ret...in-desert-sand

    Search for canvas one-piece straps, etc. These are popular for military watches, and most of them take 16-18mm straps, so I'm sure they're out there. You can also buy a canvas NATO strap and just cut off the extra flap.
    what do you think that will look better on the watch? the one you sent which is khaki or this one: https://www.mwc-usa.com/collections/...ry-watch-strap

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